Somerville, MA — A “Black Lives Matter” banner is brewing outrage between cops and City Hall in Somerville, Massachusetts.
The Police Association sent a letter to the Mayor Curtatone’s office, asking him to remove the banner. The letter said that members of the Black Lives Matter movement were responsible for violence against officers across the country, including the fatal police shootings in Dallas and Baton Rouge. The letter also asked the mayor’s officer to replace the banner with one that reads “All Lives Matter.”
The letter reads, in part:
“The Association is as opposed to the misuse of excessive force, including deadly force, as are the well-intentioned members of the Black Lives Matter movement. However, it is clear that fringe elements of that movement, and other protest movements, are provoked to indiscriminate violence against police officers in their name.” The letter also noted: “It is as inconceivable to us as it is demoralizing that our City would propagate its support for this movement while standing silent over the seemingly daily protest assassinations of innocent police officers around the country.”
In a statement to Boston.com, Mayor Curtatone said he had no plans to remove the banner.
“My unwavering support for our police officers does not and cannot preempt our commitment to addressing systemic racism in our nation,” Curtatone said in a statement to Boston.com. “I’ve made very clear to our officers that we should be thankful for—and reinforce—what we have here in Somerville: a safer community thanks to the highest quality policing by a force dedicated to community policing, de-escalation, proper use of force, and anti-bias awareness.”
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